‘This baby won’t stop breathing!’ Abortionist strangled baby while nurses watched

In 1977, abortion was legal throughout the country during all nine months of pregnancy. When an obstetrician/gynecologist told teenager “Mary W” that she was 28 weeks pregnant, he suggested that she give the baby up for adoption, as few doctors in the area were willing to perform abortions that late.

But Mary was determined, and she managed to find an abortionist – Dr. William Baxter Waddill. On March 2, 1977, Mary arrived at Westminster Community Hospital for a saline abortion.

Saline abortions are seldom performed today because of the possibility of live births, but in the ’70s and ’80s, they were very common. They were generally used to end the life of a child towards the end of the second trimester.

In a saline abortion, a caustic saline solution is injected into the woman’s uterus. It slowly burns and poisons the baby, and then the woman goes through labor, “giving birth” to a usually dead child.

The abortionist injected the saline and then left, leaving the nurses to tend to Mary. It was common for abortionists to inject their patients with saline and then leave, forcing the nurses to bear the emotional brunt of the abortion procedures and to dispose of the dead babies. In this case, however, Mary gave birth to a living baby girl, 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

At first the nurse did not realize that the baby was still alive. She clamped the cord as normal and placed her in a bucket to be taken to the pathology lab. Then the baby began moving and crying. The nurses gathered around the baby. Unsure what to do, they summoned their supervisor, who called Dr. Waddill at home. Mary was not told that her baby had been born alive – the infant was whisked away from her before she realized what had happened.

All of this came out in testimony at the trial.

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File photo: Newborn baby.

While waiting for Waddill to arrive, the nurses cleaned the baby, suctioned her throat to help her breathe, brought her to the nursery, and placed her in isolette. A neonatal ICU nurse began taking care of the child and charted a heart rate of 88 beats per minute. According to the American Heart Association, an ideal heart rate for newborns is 140 bpm. However, premature babies often have lower heart rates, and many of them survive.

When Dr. Waddill arrived at the clinic, he was angry. He reportedly chased all the nurses out of the room and made a call to another physician, Dr. Ronald Cornelsen. The law at that time stated that two doctors needed to be present to pronounce a premature baby dead. The conversation between the two doctors was recorded and entered into evidence in the trial. According to the tape, Waddill said:

If we all tell the same story, there will be no trouble. … So long as we stand together, no one anywhere can make any accusations anywhere. … Do not get squirrely. Just tell them exactly as we’ve discussed. Just say you went in, there was no heartbeat and you left.

Dr. Cornelsen later testified that he believed that the baby was closer to 31 weeks than 28 weeks. He heard Waddill say, “Sorry to get you into this mess. We had a baby that came out alive from a saline abortion, and it can’t live!”

Dr. Waddill requested potassium chloride to inject into the baby’s heart to stop it. Dr. Cornelsen prevented the nurse from getting it. Waddill then discussed throwing the baby into a bucket of water. Dr. Cornelsen said in testimony:

“I said, ‘Why not just leave the baby alone?’ Waddill said, ‘This baby can’t live or it will be a big mess.'”

Finally, Waddill began strangling the child in full view of Cornelsen and other nurses. No one stopped him. He was quoted saying, “This baby won’t stop breathing!”

When the baby was autopsied later, an examination of the lungs indicated that the baby had been breathing for at least 30 minutes. There were bruises on her throat, consistent with strangulation.

Dr. Waddill went to trial. However, despite the fact that the autopsy proved that the baby had been strangled and a number of witnesses watched the strangulation, charges against Waddill were dismissed after two mistrials. He was never punished for strangling the baby. He was not reprimanded in any way.

He did not lose his medical license. In fact, he continued to perform abortions, and as of the year 2000, he was working for the Family Planning Associates’ chain of abortion facilities. He and the facility he worked at were even endorsed by the National Abortion Federation, an organization that supposedly gives endorsements only to the best facilities and providers.

Incidentally, despite the fact that Family Planning Associates has been endorsed by the NAF, at least 12 women have died at their clinics, and there have been numerous lawsuits.

Could the little girl have survived if she had not been strangled? In the 1970s, neonatology was not as advanced as it is today. In the 1990s, over 90 percent of babies born at 27 weeks were able to survive. The number is even higher now.

Statistics from the 1970s are harder to come by, but an article in The Sydney Morning Herald claims that these babies had about a 71 percent survival rate if given medical attention promptly. So it is possible – if not very likely – that the baby would have survived if she had continued to be treated in the ICU.

Much of the information contained in this article was brought to light by Christina Dunigan. Her blog can be found here:
See “History: William Waddill and the killing of baby W” and “Can Gosnell Walk?” 

  • Colonel Neville

    I salute your great IMPORTANT work in exposing and documenting the reality of abortion and other essentially socialist leftist eugenic ‘perfection of the human race’ dream nightmares.

    My God. THIS should be front page news but no, it won’t be, not with a left liberal dominated media. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood, founded by the atheist Marxist leftist eugenicist genocidal pervert Margaret Sanger [admired by Hitler and Sanger was a speaker at KKK rallies, an organisation founded post Civil War by the Democrat Party], continues to exterminate more millions of human beings than perhaps any single organisation in history and for VERY big money.

    Margaret Sanger said “…exterminate the negro race..” The left are a nihilistic mob mentality death cult. Gee, and Planned parenthood are mutual Obamessiah pals too. Nice. Er, no.

    God help us all…

    margaretsanger blogspot com.

    No, really. Colonel Neville.

  • Stormii

    I have no words…

  • Hannah Mallery

    So horrible. Many pro choicers protest, saying that once the baby is out (no longer “harming” the mother) they agree with medical intervention, but the actions of their hero doctors show that the true objective of abortion is a dead baby.

  • Ravi

    One of the nurses should have taken out a gun and shot William Baxter Waddill in the head when he began strangling the baby, or at least called 911 to report that a murder was being committed.

  • Timothy M. Youngblood

    A news commentator stated the other day “This trial against Gosnell is not about an abortion doctor but about someone accused of being a mass murderer.” WHAT!!!

    The other day I stated … “I would LOVE to have the money to place a billboard in every city with this statement… Stop supporting the child serial killers under the deception of abortion doctors.” Well I realized that I had the tools to do it so I created this and we will see how far it goes. Please read this short article and think about the truth concerning this issue.

  • Donna

    My husband says, “How can you keep reading this stuff, watching those videos?” I say, “How can I not?” I had no idea all these things were happening. Though I have always been against abortion, killing babies, I’ve never gotten involved. Once I began researching the atrocities, I am sick, sick with grief and sick with the knowledge that human beings are capable of doing these things to the most innocent of innocents. How can we keep letting them get away with this? In the 60’s I marched back and forth, with signs, in front of an abortion clinic. That is the extent of my life’s protest. What can I do?

    • Erin

      I have the same story. I just keep shareing on FB. The truth must get out! If the media won’t talk about then I will! And all my friends are going to get sick of hearing it but I am not going to sit by and do nothing anymore!

    • Angela

      Take your signs to the nearest abortion center and plead with the women going in, they need to know someone cares for them and their baby.

      • Suffragette_109

        You have no idea why a woman would need to get an abortion. Going to the clinic to make her feel worse on the worst day of her life is horrible and will raise women’s suicide rates. I guarantee you no one will get an abortion spur of the moment, and it’s not an easy decision to come to. And before you suggest adoption, the childcare system in the US makes it very hard for couple to adopt US children. That’s why so many parents go overseas to adopt a baby. If you give a baby up for adoption in the US you are practically sending it into the system. And before you attack me, I haven’t had an abortion, but I don’t see why people insist on ruining a woman’s life over a decision that should be hers. They also provide birth control at planned parenthood, is that bad? Many of the women who die every day in 3rd world countries could have been saved if they had had planned parenthood to educate them about their bodies limits and how to plan having babies. If we ban abortion in 1st world countries what chance do any women of 3rd world countries have of a life? they will be constant baby machines and they will die.

        A country is not built on the backs of babies, it is built on women and men who strive to make it great, and essentially taking away a woman’s right (which we’ve worked so hard for) will cripple the country’s backbone.

        • Jodi Mahaffey Peterson

          Dear Suffragette_109, please don’t believe the lies you’ve been told and are sharing. I had an abortion, and I’ve regretted it ever since. Did you know that getting an abortion raises your risk of suicide, depression and drug addiction? Did you know that there are more adoptive-driven parents in the US than there are children, so this is why families look to other countries, in addition to having compassion for children in institutuions? Did you know that there are natural ways of birth control that have NO risk of breast cancer, stroke and heart attack? Did you also know that many women die during abortions, or undergo emergency hysterectomies or colonostomies from abortions? Not to mention that abortion raises a womans risk of breast cancer.Abortion is not safer than pregnancy. No, they’re not rare or safe. You’ve been lied to, and that should make you angry. You appear to be a thoughtful person who is worried about the welfare of others.
          Please research what happens to a baby during an abortion, and look at Silent No More to see what women say happened to them after an abortion. Please get educated. Someone’s future depends on it…maybe even yours.

          • guest

            Did you know that when performed perfectly, natural family planning has a 30% fail rate? Please get educated. If you want to end abortion (a laudable goal), increase sex education and make condoms available.

          • Basset_Hound

            How about teaching young people refusal skills, and the ability to delay short term pleasures for long term gains. This is done by teaching abstinence.

          • J

            How about being responsible

        • Basset_Hound

          Have you ever thought that the reason it is so difficult to adopt in the US is because so few infants are surrendered? Couples advertise offering to pay medical bills and living expenses for a mom who will allow them to adopt her child.

          A country CANNOT be built if the strong are allowed to extricate themselves from situations they created by killing the weak and the innocent. That isn’t freedom and choice, it’s tyranny.

        • J

          God has a plan for each of us. Men and women can’t become men and women if they are aborted. So we are allowed to be God’s and pick and choose who gets to live and who doesn’t for the sake of convenience and/or population control….wow, isn’t that what Hitler did. Think about it. We call it a woman’s choice and it’s murder people!!!

          • paige

            that doctor should be in jail. the woman had an abortion while the baby was still inside of her but once that baby was born and took breathes it is considered a person. someone should have stopped that doctor from strangling that baby. they should not have hid that fact from her!! there was a reason that baby lived through the abortion!! and it was not not just to be strangled thirty minutes after birth!!!

        • Abb

          The reason it is so hard to adopt in USA is because all our babies are being murdered.

  • Juda Myers

    I echo the thank you’s for sharing this sad information. But know this: no one will “get away” with this sort of thing. There awaits a day when everyone will be accountable. Those with Christ will have legal representation but the others will have nothing.

    • Tami Stanley Perkins

      Amen to that Juda, and the sad thing is, we are supposed to feel sorry for these people when they get their punishment, but I can’t help but think they deserve what they get. They purposely killed innocent babies, they deserve the same punishment. I pray that God softens my heart towards these people, but I just can’t have sympathy for them.

  • mcsteve

    They won’t get away with this in the next world, Our Lord sees all, n he’s the just judge!!! These judges who allowed these abortionists to get away with these mallious killing, will also have to answer to Our Lord Jesus Christ for not being a voice for those babies.

  • lisaj

    Do you people realize that this was a longgg time ago. Seriously, abortions now a days are not like this. Its a more simple procedure and most girls get their abortions near the early stage of their pregnancy which is about 5 weeks or so. The child doesn’t even have a clue. Not just that, there are several people who want to complain and bitch about people being on food stamps and getting government help, but yet if they want to have an abortion you want to bitch about that too! This has been legalized for years now, so people just need to get over it. No one is telling you to have an abortion.

    • Joseph Murphy

      “The child doesn’t even have a clue” So, you admit that a child dies in abortion. This is a start. Now please explain how abortion is a solution to poverty.

    • Pilar

      You share the same sentiment as “your” president. When obama was a senator in Chicago his vote reflected your opinion…if an aborted baby survives…finish it off. How proud his daughters must be, in addition to his statement that he wouldn’t want his 12 year old daughter to be “stuck” with a baby. Let her buy an abortion pill.

    • Kimberly Hamann

      Have you even bothered to watch or read anything about the Gosnell story? That WASNT a long time ago. This goes on all the time! Abortion is an abomination and should be illegal. Women and men need to practice some personal responsibility and avoid this mess. Children don’t ask to be conceived, much less murdered just for theor parents’ convenience!

      • star

        I’m glade to see at least some people can open their eyes and see that this not to harm and murder poor children. I have been told much to many times that well, what if the mother was rapped should she be inconvenienced with a child.” Being told this makes me so upset a child should be killed because it is an inconvenience. although being rapped is not your fault it is not the babies either.

    • Jodi Mahaffey Peterson

      Dear lisaj,
      you’ve been lied to. The majority of abortions are not done at 5 weeks, but much later. Even so, your assertion that “the child doesn’t even have a clue” is misguided. You are correct, of course, that it is a human child (that’s a fact of science, not a political viewpoint), but you are not correct that because the child doesn’t know that it’s mother is attempting to kill it, that some how it’s ok. That’s as absurd as saying that it’s ok to rape a woman who’s unconscious (because she wouldn’t have a clue), or killing a person who’s asleep. We won’t get over abortion and stand by while a billion dollar industry is killing people. You can say “no one is telling you to have an abortion”, but that’s as rediculous as saying “no one is telling you to kill your wife, so get over it” or “no one is telling you not to rape a child, so get over it.” We proudly stand for those people who need us to speak for them, the innocent. I hope you will research what exactly abortion is, go to silent no more awareness’ web site and hear from people who’ve had abortions and see the after affects on their lives, look at exactly what happens to children in abortion. I hope you will educate yourself, and not accept the lies that have been given to you by a very powerful multibillion dollar industry.

    • Basset_Hound

      “No one”????? Really????

      How about the man who impregnated the woman telling her “get rid of it or I’m done with you”?

    • gmdemps

      Slavery was legalized for years too and we didn’t stop complaining about that until it was made illegal.

    • star

      Whether the abortion was done in away you proclaim “safe” or not abortion dosnt just magically make someone baby free it makes them mothers of dead babies. and how could you say if the baby is more or less clueless on week 5 then on week 30. whether it is or not i am sure that the baby being killed will under go some kind of pain and will die , why you find this right? i do not know..

    • paige

      food stamps does not have a thing to do with abortion.

    • Leah

      So, you are saying, if you kill someone when they are young and innocent, it is okay? Just think, life is an amazing gift! What if you were aborted at five weeks? Every person has the RIGHT TO LIFE. Not just the planned, the perfect, and the affordable. Who knows? Our country may be aborting people who would have been great leaders…

  • jennifer

    When my mother was born in 1955 she weighed one pound two ounces. Nurses and doctors did not know what to do for her so they just put her in her crib and put her to the side of a room waiting on her to die.
    She overcame all the obstacles, lived, attendedschool where she got top Marks and attended college where she kept a 4.0 GPA, gave birth to three daughters, and is still alive and well today.
    It’s hard to tolerate hearing any news regarding children that are born smaller premature or handicapped being put to death because they lived!
    If my mother could survive in 1955 with no medical intervention, then this baby would have survived with it!!!

    • Basset_Hound

      It is a miracle that your mom not only survived but had no apparent neurological damage.

  • Suzanne McKay

    This is just SO UNBELIEVABLE and SAD and makes me feel sick! The poor, precious baby! Thank God, she was welcomed into Heaven with open arms, and felt no pain at that point. The current similar abortion Doctor, Dr. Gosnell, had better be brought to justice! How long will God have mercy on this country?

  • Jennie

    I don’t believe this story!!!! Hogwash to scare those in need of counseling and sympathy. A woman’s choice is hers and hers alone. No one should judge, lest ye be judged..

    • Jodi Mahaffey Peterson

      Jennie, why would you not believe in recorded testimony? There are thousands of reports exactly like this one. A woman doesn’t have a legitimate choice to commit murder of an innocent child, and a real woman doesn’t need to hide behind a cliche, or a misquote of the holy word of God . Be intelligent, check your facts.

    • Basset_Hound

      So Andrea Yates’ choice was hers alone, right? Imagine being trapped in a small home and forced to care for five small children. Who are we to judge her?

      The Bible quotation involves not speculating about a person’s worth as a human being in the eyes of God, NOT assessing their choices and behavior in terms of ethical standards.

    • Sean Goerling

      “I don’t believe this story!!!!”
      OK. That’s your decision to ignore solid evidence. That’s why the story includes links to articles supporting its claims.

      “Hogwash to scare those in need of counseling and sympathy. A woman’s choice is hers and hers alone.”
      So you’re saying that women scared and pressured into abortions by abortionists, abortion clinics’ staffs and “pro-choice advocates” counts as “counseling and sympathy”? And that Pro-life sidewalk counselors trying to save the lives of and care for both unborn children AND their mothers aren’t showing sympathy?

      ” No one should judge, lest ye be judged..”
      So you’re saying pro-lifers shouldn’t judge (lest they be judged)? What about “pro-choice” advocates (ie. abortion apologists) judging the unborn as “unworthy”? And why do you ignore your judging (“Hogwash”, “I don’t believe this story!!!!”)? Since you tried to use a biblical passage to support your argument, how about you spend less time worrying about splinters in other peoples’ eyes and remove the log from your own.

    • star

      nice, you think killing a baby should be a choice just think about what you are saying, just because you order the hit-man ( the abortionist ) to do it for you doesn’t make it right look at any newborn baby if you could see yourself murdering it why could you see yourself murdering any baby at any age.

      • Abb

        Abb • 2 days ago −
        Call Dr Waddill . His home phone is 949-661-4070, I found online last night and called and actually talked to this murderer.

    • Leah


      What the heck?! What if you were the baby? Do you believe that your mother had the ‘right’ to abort you? God said, “Thou shalt not kill.” Everyone who is created has an undeniable RIGHT TO LIFE. You think women can place themselves above God, and handle precious lives however they deem ‘right’? Abortion is killing, and killing puts peoples’ souls in danger. Plus, we ‘judgers’ are just trying to save women from a life of sorrow, depression, and regret, as well as we are trying to save all souls.

      These stories are true, and must be told to help all people….

      May God grant you a change of heart.

  • star

    I dont understand how he could get away with this, how could this be brushed aside? How could anyone hurt sucj an innocent being rest in heaven baby girl

  • Leah

    How terrible!:(

  • Abb

    Call Dr Waddill . His home phone is 949-661-4070, I found online last night and called and actually talked to this murderer. I didn’t say much, I was shocked to actually have gotten through to him. I have been praying for him all day.